Lines, Intended to be Written under a Noble Earl’s Picture (Poem by Robert Burns)

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Lines
Intended to be Written under
a Noble Earl’s Picture
By Robert Burns


Whose is that noble dauntless brow?
    And whose that eye of fire?
And whose that generous princely mien,
    E’en rooted foes admire?
Stranger! to justly show that brow,
    And mark that eye of fire,
Would take His hand, whose vernal tints
    His other works inspire.

Bright as a cloudless summer sun,
    With stately port he moves;
His guardian seraph eyes with awe
    The noble ward he loves — 
Among th’ illustrious Scottish sons
    That chief thou may’st discern;
Mark Scotia’s fond returning eye — 
    It dwells upon Glencairn.

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